Bailly believes United can sink rivals

05 January 2021 20:22:36 GMTPlus11

Eric Bailly says Manchester United are feeling focused and confident as they prepare for Wednesday's EFL Cup semi-final against Manchester City.

The Ivorian centre-back returned from injury in United's 2-0 quarter-final win at Everton shortly before Christmas and has impressed in the recent Premier League victories over Wolves and Aston Villa.

Those wins stretched the Red Devils' unbeaten run in the league to 10 matches and they are level on 33 points with Liverpool at the top of the table, having played one game fewer than Jurgen Klopp's champions.

Rivals City are also in good form, however, after an impressive 3-1 win at Chelsea in their last Premier League outing. Pep Guardiola's men eased past Arsenal 4-1 in the last eight of the EFL Cup and they are bidding to win the competition for the sixth time in eight years.

Bailly looks likely to continue his centre-back partnership with Harry Maguire as fellow defender Victor Lindelof is still doubtful with a back problem.

Asked how it feels to be playing regularly after a frustrating time with injuries, Bailly told the official United website: "It is very important for me as I'd had difficult moments but now I've come back into the team. I am feeling good and ready to help the team. I am fit and I want to play.

"We're focused for this game because we know this game is pressure, a derby and we need to do very well to win. We know City are one of the best teams in England."

Manchester United are 14/5 to beat 10/11 Manchester City in Wednesday's EFL Cup semi-final. The draw in 90 minutes is currently 29/10 at Old Trafford.

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